ATLANA – Georgia’s election officials expect to release a report Thursday on the presidential rally and have repeatedly said they expect it to confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s close lead over Republican President Donald Trump.
The sum of about 5 million votes comes from an audit required by a new state law, and is not in response to suspicions of problems with the state’s results or a formal request for a census. The state has until Friday to certify the results, which are certified and submitted by the counties.
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Once the state verifies the election results, the losing campaign has two working days to request a recount if the margin remains within 0.5%. This count will be done using scanners that count and count the votes and will be paid by the counties, Stirling said.
Secretary of State Brad Rafensperger had to choose the contest to be audited, and said the presidential race made the most sense because of its importance and the narrow margin separating candidates. Because of this small margin, Raffensperger said a full hand count was needed.
Entering the calculations, Biden led Trump by a margin of about 14,000 votes. Previously unlisted ballots found in four counties during the hand count would reduce that margin to about 12,800, Stirling said.
Other counties found slight differences in the results as they counted their hands, and election officials consistently said this was to be expected.
The Associated Press did not announce a winner in Georgia, where Biden led Trump by about 0.3 percentage points. Georgia does not have a mandatory census law, but state law provides for this option for a lagging candidate if the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points. It is AP’s practice not to call a race that is – or is likely to be – countable.